Olympic countdown - Reasons for a London Cycle Map, #3. Romantic cycling.

#3. ROMANTIC CYCLING. A romantic city break doesn’t have to break the bank. There’s a beautiful capital city right here on our doorsteps, and it can be explored for free. It’s easy to forget this when we’re wrestling through crowds of commuters, but London is the perfect backdrop for romantic cycling, with its winding streets, stunning architecture and breathtaking riverscapes; the city really comes alive on a bike.

And romance comes so much easier on a bike. Maybe it’s the spontaneity, the sense of ‘you and me against the world’, the youthful high-spiritedness, the racing heart, or the rosy glow that comes from riding around in the fresh air. Or maybe it’s just the thought of snuggling on the sofa at the end of an active day. Who knows? With characteristic mystery, love is conjured up by cycling.

Given that so many couples are so bored of the same old places to go on dates – bars, restaurants, cinemas, and so on – it’s a shame that more Londoners don’t try romantic cycling. Perhaps people are put off because exploring the capital by bike means constantly making decisions or ultimately even getting lost, which can be stressful, especially when it involves straying onto one of London’s many major roads or junctions. Nothing lowers the libido like a bendy bus!

A London Cycle Map would be a wonderful resource for romantic cycling. Following trails of colour on the safer, quieter streets of the London Cycle Network, couples could enjoy romance off the beaten track; exploration without the trepidation.


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